Saturday, 6 April 2013

Irish academics’ union votes to "cease all cultural and academic collaboration with Israel"

At its annual congress today, an Irish lecturers’ union voted to for a comprehensive academic boycott of Israel, described by activists as the first such move of its kind in Europe.

In a unanimous vote, the Teachers’ Union of Ireland called on members to “cease all cultural and academic collaboration with Israel, including the exchange of scientists, students and academic personalities, as well as all cooperation in research programmes.”

The motion also called for the Irish Congress of Trade Unions to “step up its campaign for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against the apartheid state of Israel.”

David Landy, sociology lecturer at Trinity College Dublin, welcomed the motion in an Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign press release, explaining: “Undoubtedly apologists for Israeli apartheid will complain that such motions stifle academic freedom, but this is nonsense. The Palestinian call for an academic boycott of Israel is an institutional boycott, not a boycott of individuals.”

He also said: “We congratulate the TUI and call on all Irish, British and European academic unions to move similar motions.”

As The Electronic Intifada’s David Cronin has written elsewhere, some Irish universities are involved in multi-million-euro European Union “defense” projects that also involve Israel, so the motion could have significant implications. more

Hamas accuses Western spies of Gaza operations

GAZA CITY (AFP) -- Hamas accused Western and Arab spy agencies on Saturday of operating in the Gaza Strip and said it had a list of alleged collaborators.

"The Gaza Strip is swarming with Western intelligence agencies, such as the American, British, French and German services," said Mohammed Lafi, an internal security chief, quoted on the interior ministry website.

"They all target Gaza and Hamas," he said, while also pointing a finger at unnamed Arab intelligence services.

The Hamas official said the security services had "a list of collaborators who will be arrested once the time for them to repent has run out." more

Occupation forces soldiers detain four Palestinians including 10-year-old child

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)-- Israeli occupation forces (IOF) nabbed three Palestinians in Al-Khalil city including a ten-year-old child and a young man in Bethlehem at dawn Saturday.

Palestinian security sources told Quds Press said that the soldiers detained Abdulhadi Abu Snene, 10, from Jabal Al-Rahme area in Al-Khalil.

They said that two young men were arrested near the Ibrahimi mosque in the Old City of Al-Khalil.

IOF soldiers also arrested a young man in Aida refugee camp to the north of Bethlehem after breaking into his father’s home. more